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Price

Case by case basis
Undisclosed

Time in Business

total # of years
2005

A+

Services

Variety of services offered
8/10

CPA

CPA on staff?
No

Tax Attorney

Tax Attorney on staff?
Yes

Associations

Professional Association Members
Yes

Enrolled Agent

Certified by U.S Government
No

Refund Policy

Is there a refund policy?
Yes

Number of Reviews

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Review Last Updated: August 22, 2016

Headed by Tax Attorney, Clifford V. Aaron, Signature Tax provides an outlet for the individual taxpayer and corporations under the heavy burden of tax debt offering a broad range of services to help taxpayers find relief.

Rank Chart
Price (flat-fee)
Time in Business
Review

#1

$2,500-3,000
1997

#2

$2,000-5,000
2010

#3

$1,500-2,500+
2001

#28
signature_tax

Undisclosed
2005

The Good

Tax Attorney Clifford V. Aaron boasts an impressive academic pedigree beginning with his Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law including an LL.M (Master of Law) Taxation degree. He is also a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance and has done course work at the London School of Economics which compliments Signature Tax’s staff line-up quite nicely.

A free no-obligation, free consultation is available to assess each financial situation thoroughly and to determine the best plan of action for each case. They communicate they are able to take on the toughest and most complex cases.

Signature Tax offers a 30 day refund policy allowing clients ample time to determine whether or not their services are going to be suitable for their unique situation. This is one aspect not seen often in the tax relief industry. Many corporations offer a few day guarantee or none at all. In some instances we have seen companies offer a partial refund after a few days; we appreciate this solid 30-day money back guarantee.

Highlights to include when considering Signature Tax:

  • 24 Hour Client Care
  • In business since 2005
  • Well-educated in tax relief issues to help customers be more aware of their situation

The Bad

While the company is headed by a tax attorney holding certification with the ABA, Signature Tax lacks other professional memberships and associations such as those with the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant, to name a couple out of many. Consumers tend to feel more at ease when a company holds professional accreditations, as it’s a way of telling their customers they go above and beyond to protect them.

Like many tax relief companies, clear price can only be obtained after a thorough evaluation of the financial burden is assessed. We understand this is industry standard; however, several other competing companies do well to inform potential clients of a ballpark range. Some sort of fee-structure would help consumers determine if their burden is worth the cost without having to spend a lot of time on the phone discussing it, or potentially getting wrapped into a sales pitch.

Many companies have resources and tools for consumers and clients, and we were please to know this company had an actual book concerning all things tax related. Signature Tax Guide to Tax Relief: Guaranteed Solutions to Your Toughest Tax Problems was written by Attorney Clifford Aaron and other professionals; however, we discovered links to purchase the book were broken and when speaking with representatives about purchasing the work, they had no knowledge of it.

The Bottom Line

With location sprawled across the country, Signature Tax has an excellent record with the BBB and an extremely low number of complaints. They’ve been in business for a decade and service a wide range of tax problems and situations. Their experience extensive and the credentials they present appear to be of high caliber. They offer an array of services from experts in the tax relief arena, and boast over 150 years of experience, collectively. A 30 day refund policy is an excellent offering as well, in addition to the lineup of products. We recommend Signature Tax and encourage potential customers to use their free consultation to make sure their needs will be met.

Price

Varies per case. An evaluation of the taxpayer’s debt and other mitigating factors, including current assets and projected ability to pay, must be made before Signature is able to offer a quote for cost of services. They do not charge “exploratory fees.” They guarantee that the initially quoted fee is all that will be charged in the case.  There is no “up-selling” as in the case of companies using a phased pricing model. We were not able to obtain an answer to hypothetical scenarios we proposed.

Minimum Tax Debt Accepted

$10,000 is the minimum tax debt Signature will take on.

Time In Business

They were started in 2005.

BBB Rating

They have an “A+”.

Types of Services Available

They address a full range of tax problems as follows:

  • Offer In Compromise
  • Installment Agreement
  • Currently Not Collectible
  • Wage Garnishment Release
  • Bank Levy Release
  • Revenue Officer Assistance
  • Payroll Tax Representation
  • Payroll Tax Review
  • Innocent Spouse Relief
  • Filing Delinquent Tax Returns.

A product clients may not find with many other tax resolution companies is “Full Pay Service.” Signature tax provides all the necessary assistance required to fully pay outstanding IRS tax debt by conducting a discovery to obtain accurate information regarding tax status with the IRS. They find the current payoff amount and a detailed breakdown of each of the years owing.

CPA on Staff

No

Tax Attorney on Staff

Yes

Professional Associations

Signature is a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) and the American Bar Association (ABA). Tax Attorney Clifford Aaron is head and owner of Signature. His staff includes IRS Enrolled Agents and CPAs, as well as other tax professionals.

Enrolled Agent on Staff

No

Free Consultation

Signature advertises a 100% free evaluation for potential clients.

Refund Policy

Signature Tax offers clients a 30 day money back guarantee. If within 30 days of becoming a client, the taxpayer is unhappy with the service, monies paid up to that time will be refunded with no questions asked.

Up-Front Fees

Attorneys fees are due when an attorney sets to work after an assessment has been performed. There are no set-up fees, or fees charged to open a case.

Contact Information

E-Mail:

[email protected]

Address:

San Francisco

Headquarters
201 Spear Street, Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94105

Los Angeles

15303 Ventura Boulevard, 9th Floor
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Chicago

611 E 75th St.
Chicago, IL 60619-2220

Business Hours:

Dependent on location. In San Francisco, business hours for tax professionals are 9 am to 5 pm Pacific Time, Monday through Friday. The website states current clients can connect 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via Live Chat or through a phone operator. However, these were simply message-taking centers, and no help was available for first-time callers during after hours, or on the weekend. Office hours for the San Francisco location are 6 am to 6 pm on weekdays.

 

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    February 10th, 2015 Accokeek, MD
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    I do not recommend signature tax they do not really care about your tax issues they charged me 2,200 my case went on for a period of 8-9 months I paid for service in april 2014 this is feb 10 2015 they tell u they don’t bounce u around that is a lie I got bounce to 5-6 different tax people they didn’t know who was handling what the last person who was assign to me was karl jones he made an agreement with the IRS I told mr jones I disagreed with it but he never went back to renegotiate instead as my due date got closer I called mr jones to discuss this each time he gave me a story as to why he could not talk to me like he was on the phone or he is to busy to talk my due date was jan 28th mr jones has refused to take my calls so now I ‘am force to make payments people please be careful of the people u trust to handle your tax issues they will charge u crazy money and not deliver what they promise this may not be the case for everyone but I certainly was not happy with there service my rating is zero let the buyer beware!
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Our Score
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Ratings Breakdown

Price

Case by case basis
Undisclosed

Time in Business

total # of years
2005

A+

Services

Variety of services offered
8/10

CPA

CPA on staff?
No

Tax Attorney

Tax Attorney on staff?
Yes

Associations

Professional Association Members
Yes

Enrolled Agent

Certified by U.S Government
No

Refund Policy

Is there a refund policy?
Yes

Number of Reviews

User reviews here on BDC
1
Our Score
9.4
User Score
8.9
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Ratings Breakdown

Price

flat fee, paid monthly
$2,500-3,000

Time in Business

total # of years
1997

A+

Services

Variety of services offered
10/10

CPA

CPA on staff?
Yes

Tax Attorney

Tax Attorney on staff?
Yes

Associations

Professional Association Members
Yes

Enrolled Agent

Certified by U.S Government
Yes

Refund Policy

Is there a refund policy?
Yes

Number of Reviews

User reviews here on BDC
257